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Otherwise Property 23 April 2024 15:30 - 17:00

A Conversation with Prof. Bernadette Atuahene on Dignity Taking, Dignity Restoration and the Future of Colonial Collections.

On Tuesday 23 April 2024, prof. Bernadette Atuahene will discuss current issues around cultural property and restitution with Elsbeth Dekker (PhD RCH), as part of the NWA-research project Pressing Matter: Ownership, Value, and the Question of Colonial Heritage in Museums. Atuahene is a leading empirical-legal scholar who works at the intersection of property law and racial discrimination. Currently she is a professor at the USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles.

The conversation will explore the concepts 'dignity taking' and 'dignity restoration', which are central to Atuahene's work, such as We Want What’s Ours. Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program (Oxford University Press, 2014). This event is part of a series of conversations titled ‘Otherwise Property.’ Within this series, different scholars are asked to reflect on questions of ownership, cultural objects and colonialism, based on their expertise and scholarship.

About Otherwise Property

Starting date

  • 23 April 2024


  • 15:30 - 17:00


  • VU Main Building
  • Agora 2 (HG3C-02)


  • English



Prof. Bernadette Atuahene, Mr. Drs. Elsbeth Dekker, Prof. Dr. Wouter Veraart


Please contact Wouter Veraart or Elsbeth Dekker